Inside the mind of an elite LA-based Photographer, Jessica Sterling- By Craig Alexander.




Inside the mind of an elite LA-based Photographer, Jessica Sterling- By Craig Alexander. 


CA: 

Hi!
Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed! I believe I met you back in 2014 in LA, and have followed your career ever since, and I love the work you put out!

So please introduce yourself to our readers here, give a 1 paragraph description of yourself, your career etc.

I know you've photographed for the LA Dodgers, various mayors and city officials and I'm sure a lot more that I'm not aware of. Tell us about it! =) 

JS:

Since 2006, I have been a Los Angeles-based, freelance photographer specializing in promotional images for individuals & businesses. 

I've photographed many notable personalities including Ashton Kutcher, Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman, Vince Vaughn, Michelle Branch, George Lucas, Mark Wahlberg, Serena Williams & Justin Timberlake. 

My work has appeared on MTV.com, the Huffington Post, CNN.com, Fortune, Back Stage, Popular Science, Angeleno Magazine, Dermatology Times, Sports Business Journal, Yahoo! & the Wall Street Journal. 





CA:

Wow! That is quite a resumé! I'm blown away. And you sure are humble about all that, I hadn't heard about even half of that!

So with all that accomplished, what is the top of the mountain for you in your life endeavors? What would you want to achieve, were there no barriers whatsoever?

JS: 

 

I love photographing people. So, to me, the top is the opportunity to meet active, passionate people who bring joy in their work... and to help them show the world what it is that they do through my photography.

CA:

I love it.
So, this being a travel blog, talk to me about the traveling you've done. I know you've been all over the world. What was the most exotic place you've ever been to?

JS: 

I've been to Europe, Asia and most of the states in the US. Photographing in Thailand was incredible. I set my digital camera to only capture in sepia... which I loved. Some folks thought it was crazy, but it really let me focus on the texture and shapes. It lent itself well to the stone walls of the temples, and peeled away all the modern noise.





CA:

Incredible. I can't wait to visit the rest of South-East Asia. What is your greatest single memory from that country? 

JS: 

Getting to meet elephants. I'd never been able to get so near to one before, so to be able to talk to and touch one close-up was life changing. It made me more of an advocate for wildlife and the environment.


CA:

That sounds amazing.

What do you think the biggest surprise is, when you travel to exotic places? I know for myself, there can be little things that one has just been so accustomed to living in the west, that we take for granted what other cultures might not do. Like 24 hour supermarkets, and having 15 food choices even at 3am. 

JS: 

The smells! I guess when I went to Thailand, I was expecting everything to smell like spices... But seriously, I love just learning how people approach the world around them. What they think of as important, what they're thinking about for their future, etc. 

CA:

Haha! I can only imagine.
So what are the benefits of traveling in your opinion? 

JS: 

Learning about what the world is like... NOW. Seeing that not everyone cares about all the same stuff that you might worry about. There are a lot of perspectives out there.
Also seeing how, surprisingly, folks all over are the same in so many wonderful ways, that people all over want to be happy, have a good life for themselves and for their families etc.

CA:

What's the most delicious food you've ever had while travelling? What country was it in?

JS: 

I loved getting to try fried cricket in Thailand. But my favorite food group is tea/scones/clotted cream from England!

CA:

When you decide to take your kids traveleing abroad, where is the first place you'll take them outside the US, and why?

JS: 

Someplace that intensified whatever it is that they're interested in. If they like art, then Europe.

CA:

Where's your dream trip to? Tell me about it! When are going?

 

JS:

 I'd love to do the Long Way Round motorcycle trip... just need my license! Haha! (A 19,000 mile trip starting in London on motorcycles through Europe, Asia, Alaska, Canada and the US, ending in New York City)

CA:

Thanks for the interview!

Check Jessica out on social media and website, the links are below!

Instagram
@jessicasterlingphoto

Facebook
www.facebook.com/jessicasterlingphotography


Youtube
www.youtube.com/channel/UCaiyhasS1e9pv0BcyZaCMsQ


Website

www.jessicasterling.com


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